Called “one of the nation’s most effective communicators on climate change” by The New York Times, Katharine Hayhoe knows how to navigate all sides of the conversation on our changing planet. A Canadian climate scientist living in Texas, she negotiates distrust of data, indifference to imminent threats, and resistance to proposed solutions with ease. Over the past fifteen years Hayhoe has found that the most important thing we can do to address climate change is talk about it–and she wants to teach you how.
In Saving Us, Hayhoe argues that when it comes to changing hearts and minds, facts are only one part of the equation. We need to find shared values in order to connect our unique identities to collective action. This is not another doomsday narrative about a planet on fire. It is a multilayered look at science, faith, and human psychology, from an icon in her field–recently named chief scientist at The Nature Conservancy.
Drawing on interdisciplinary research and personal stories, Hayhoe shows that small conversations can have astonishing results. Saving Us leaves us with the tools to open a dialogue with your loved ones about how we all can play a role in pushing forward for change.
Pat Hynes’s understanding of the wide range of issues covered in HOPE, BUT DEMAND JUSTICE is guided not only by her scientific expertise and training as a researcher but also, and very importantly, by compassionate intelligence. Her empathic intelligence shines through whether the subject she writes about concerns the plight of violence-and poverty-battered families fleeing across national borders (including ours) or the unbelievably wasteful and extravagant use by the US government of its citizens’ tax dollars for weapons and war or the plight of fire-ravaged forests and communities due to runaway global warming or the deep physical and psychological/moral scars suffered by military veterans of the US and other countries or the fate of women and girls everywhere who, she makes clear, always bear the heaviest brunt of poverty, violence, food scarcity, and sexual exploitation.
We, the people of planet Earth,
In recognition of the interconnectedness of all life
And the importance of the balance of nature,
Hereby acknowledge our interdependence
And affirm our dedication
To life-serving environmental stewardship,
The fulfillment of universal human needs worldwide,
Economic and social well-being,
And a culture of peace and nonviolence,
To ensure a sustainable and harmonious world
For present and future generations